A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes courage, resourcefulness, and hope in the face of adversity. Illustrates how one resolute individual can impact events.
Positive Role Models
Heroine is rewarded for her determination, generosity, honesty, wisdom, adventurous nature. Open to new ideas and situations, she transforms her life. Though it's set in 1945, Juliet is an example of growing female independence. Villains are prototypical Nazis, except one who behaves courageously.
Violence & Scariness
A fight in a bar. Some wartime action in brief flashbacks: Nazis menacing innocents, a hospital filled with injured soldiers, a woman chased and captured, views of a city destroyed, children being evacuated, falling tiles threaten citizens; sounds of bombs, a dead body, Nazis on the march.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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One use each of "ass," "bastard," "slut."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcoholic beverages are consumed in multiple scenes: beer, wine, shots. A man is drunk in one scene; he vomits. A character smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a period drama/romance set in 1946 Great Britain. Based on the best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, the story follows a young London writer named Juliet Ashton (Lily James) to Guernsey Island (in the English Channel just off the coast of Normandy), which was occupied by Nazi forces throughout World War II. The movie dramatizes the extraordinary plight of the Guernsey citizens and their resilience during the war and its aftermath. Juliet's experiences there both surprise and profoundly impact her. Flashbacks include brief scenes of wartime action, menacing Nazi officials, a city in ruins, a body, a hospital ward, and a Nazi march. A short bar fight occurs as the story unfolds. Characters drink in multiple scenes; one man is drunk, and another smokes cigarettes. Language includes "bastard," "ass," and "slut." Though there are references to war's cruelties and sad events, the movie offers a heartfelt glimpse into one of history's heartrending events. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What might be seen by some as super sweet and predictable is leavened by the underlying pathos of wartime, an alluring mystery, and stunning photography. The super sweetness and the predictability, as a matter of fact, come directly from the novel upon which the film is based, so the creative team can't be faulted for that. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society reunites several members of the Downton Abbey cast, with Lily James (seemingly the breakout star of that series, with multiple starring roles in big studio movies) solid in the role, charming the audience with her smarts and girl-next-door appeal. Featured characters are uniformly first-rate, with the reliable Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton terrific as always. Mike Newell, notable for other fine period films (e.g., Great Expectations, Enchanted April), delivers both the emotional goods and the visuals. Though the movie was not filmed on Guernsey Island, the creative team brings the island to life using other British locations. Recommended for those who don't mind a little sugar along with their drama.
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